Seven Basic Principles of Vacuum Truck Safety

The purpose of the GICC is to help save lives and reduce injuries in the industrial cleaning industry. Our mission is to help national safety associations adopt basic cleaning principles in high pressure waterjetting, municipal/vacuum truck cleaning, chemical cleaning, and respiratory protection that are easy to implement country by country. For more detailed explanation of the above, please refer to your country’s best practices document.

#1 Joint Responsibility

Asset Owners, Manufacturers/Suppliers of Equipment, and Industrial Cleaning Contractors have the joint responsibility to collaboratively create and implement safety guidelines.

#2 Three Areas of Focus

Safety guidelines should focus on…

Methods: use the safest possible method and processes to clean

Means: properly select and use the right type of equipment and tooling

People take personal responsibility to understand and follow safety guidelines; commit to training

#3 Staff Education and Training

Operators and supervisors should be educated and trained on how to work safely and effectively and committed to ongoing and repeated training.

#4 Sharing Knowledge and Continuous Learning

New developments in safe working practices should be followed and sharing of knowledge is encouraged. Each safety organization should have a reporting system for accidents and near misses.

#5 Assurance of the Guidelines

Contractors and Asset Owners need to work together to ensure proper working methods are in place, only properly skilled, trained and certified people are working on-site, and that equipment being used meets proper specifications and maintenance cycle/certification as required by the manufacturer or certifying body.

#6 Working with Safe Equipment

Only work with safe industrial vacuum equipment. Know and follow the manufacturer’s recommended operating and maintenance procedures.

    • Always Ground and Bond the Industrial Vacuum Unit When Working with Flammable, Explosive or Hazardous Substances
    • Properly Maintain and Inspect Equipment, Tooling and Components
    • Never Work on an Operating or Energized System
    • Ensure the System is Setup Properly
    • Never Overfill an Industrial Vacuum Tank
    • Ensure That Vacuum Truck Can Adequately Remove Material

#7 Working According to Safe Methods

Industrial vacuuming activities should be carried out using the safest and least physically arduous working method possible. Every method has specific tasks, responsibilities and precautionary measures. The goal is to keep everyone safe and out of the line of fire and work to a professional standard.

  • Always Ground and Bond the Industrial Vacuum Unit When Working in an Industrial Environment or When Working with Flammable, Explosive or Hazardous Substances
  • Properly Maintain and Inspect Equipment, Tooling and Components
  • Never Work on an Operating or Energized System
  • Ensure the System is Setup Properly
  • Never Overfill an Industrial Vacuum Tank
  • Ensure That Vacuum Truck Can Adequately Remove Material
  • Conductive Hoses Must be Used on All Liquid Vacuum Units When Working in an Industrial Environment
  • Never Use Pneumatic Loaders (Air Movers / Dry Vacs) to Load Products When Necessary